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iz the wiz, rest in peace.

June 18th, 2009 · No Comments

It is truly with a heavy heart that I bring you this tragic news: the world has lost IZ the WIZ, aka Mike Martin. Iz passed away yesterday morning at his brother’s home in Florida.

He was the longest running All-City King of NYC subway graffiti, by many accounts a gentle and caring soul, and one of my graffiti heroes. Iz was also the feature of several books and movies, including Subway Art, portraying a detective in the film Wild Style, and he is prominently featured in the landmark documentary Style Wars.

Rest in Peace Mike Martin aka IZ the WIZ, IKE 327, CIā€¦The Master Blaster Forever.

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